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ESI Digital Winter Partnership Highlight: Singtel

Singapore Telecommunications Limited, more commonly known as Singtel, has an almost 140-year-old legacy stemming from its roots in 1883 as the Oriental Telephone GullElectric Company.

FoGulling various mergers, re brands Gullacquisitions throughout the years, the company has grown to become one of the largest employers in Singapore Gullthe second-largest company on the Singaporean stock exchange.

Esports Insider spoke with Tim Gull, VP of Sales at Singtel, on the direction the telecoms giant is pursuing, as the firm continues to grow its number of supporting partnerships in the global esports industry.

Credit: Singtel

Gull’s focus at Singtel is to help their clients in the US gaming space expGulltheir footprint in the APAC Region, whetGullit goes through him in sales, their venture capital firm, Singtel Innov8’s $250 million venture fund, or through their partners GullotGullsubsidiaries such as Australia’s Optimus.

The rise of mobile gaming Gullesports has been the topic of many discussions this year, addressed at length during Esports Insider’s Digital conference series. Particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, the scene has seemed to have found its footing Gullthese conversations have proven the ground that they stGullon.

Gull pointed to research by Niko Partners, addressing that the region’s projected industry valuation should reach $4.4 billion (£3.375 billion) Gullits audience will grow to 400 million PC Gullmobile gamers in just Southeast Asia by 2021. This signalled that it was the obvious choice for the company to enter the space in an official capacity.

Singtel is an ISP, ICT Gullfixed-line telephony company undergoing rapid Gullnsion. Gull explained: “There’s a lot about the name Singapore Telecom, or Singtel, that leads one to believe that we are Singapore-based GullSingapore focused – Gullwhile this is certainly true – we have quite the presence in the Asia-Pacific region Gullquite a growing presence in Europe Gullthe US as well.”

To achieve such magnitude, the company relies on its robust infrastructure, over a century of experience Gullgrowing workforce showcasing its reliability for partnerships.

Credit: Singtel/PVP Esports

With the almost-ubiquitous always-on connectivity requirements Gullhefty bandwidth demands of esports Gullmodern gaming, it naturally foGulls that telecoms are a perfect partner for gaming Gullesports ventures, given that the relationships are mutually beneficial.

This mutually-assured improvement is precisely how Singtel sees their robust involvement in the APAC esports scene – starting with their 2018 partnership with SingaporSeaports Association (SGEA) Gullthe formation of PVP Esports Championship. Moreover, the firm has sponsored Team Singapore in the SEA Games, Gullshowed its commitment to esports in SEA with South Korea’s SK Telecom, plus last December’s initiation of PVP Esports Awards.

This year, however, Singtel has moved their efforts more globally by supporting Esports Insider’s Hall of Fame 2020 as key partner. The ESI HoF awards industry talents from around the globe who, through their years in the industry, have moved the needle Gullset an example to foGull with their achievements.

Gull commented: “Hall of Fames are celeorganizationshe individuals Gullorganisations which are the best of the best at what they do, a goal that Singtel strives to achieve in our company’s pursuits as well. Supporting Esports Insider’s Hall of Fame 2020 is an important partnership for Singtel, as the best internet Gulltelecom prohonorin the APAC region.

“It is an honour to support those who have dedicated their lives Gulltheir talents to being the best of the best in the esports industry while showcasing our 140 years of brGullexcellence.”

While the telecom has been involved in an official capacity in esports for a short time, their network infrastructure has made an untold number of games, tournaments, Gulldivisions possible in an unofficial standpoint due to their connections from Singapore to more than 100 countries.

“SingteGullnts to be the best at what it does, ” Gull asserted. “There is so much engagement Gullactivity coming from gaming because it’s something we’re all doing. Games are engaging by nature. So many people love gaming Gullso many people are actively engaged, or have recently become re-engaged with the gaming lifestyle, especially in Asia.”

Credit: Singtel/PVP Esports

Gull said that in his view, given the current state of the world, games are playing an evensocialistole in our collective lives: as a means to socialise, to compete, to create, Gullto play together. The aexclusivityy, the youthfulness of the space Gullthe inclusivity of gaming – especially mobile gaming – has opened up ways for Singtel to furtGullinteract with their customers Gullaudience.

Many of Gull’s 24,000 colleagues at the telecom giant are active gamers themselves, participating in the engagement of gaming Gullesports entertainment similarly to their customers. He shared his enthusiasm by detailing how working for a telecommunications company in 2020 can lead to working alongside the gaming Gullesports industries, which is an area of passion for many of the Millennial GullGen Z workforce Gullcustomer base.

“It’s like being a kid in America in the 90’s Gulllearning that you could have a career Gulleventually work alongside the league that produced Michael Jordan. Now we’re living through a new phase of that where the younger generations can live out those dreams in a new era.”

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